Prescription Drug Take Back Program
The Cook County Safe Disposal of Pharmaceuticals Ordinance
Serving Our Community, Protecting the Environment
The Cook County Sheriff’s Prescription Drug Take Back Program is a free service for Cook County residents to collect their unused and expired prescription and nonprescription drugs.
This free service is provided by authorization of the Cook County Board of Commissioners to reduce access to unused and expired prescription and non-prescription drugs in order to prevent misuse that can lead to poisoning or death.
Please dispose of unused and expired prescription or non-prescription drugs responsibly.
- Do not leave them lying around unattended.
- Do not throw them in the trash or down the sink.
- Do not flush them down the toilet.
Please bring any unused or expired prescription or non-prescription drugs to any one of dozens of collection boxes located in public safety buildings and other locations throughout Cook County.
This free service is not available for use by retail businesses or other companies that handle prescription drugs.
For times and locations, see our interactive map on our website or email us at email@example.com.
On October 28, 2016, the Cook County Board of Commissioners authorized the Cook County Sheriff’s Prescription Drug Take Back Program to implement a comprehensive pharmaceutical drug collection and disposal program to assist residents throughout Cook County with properly disposing of unused and unexpired prescription drugs. Phase I went into effect on January 23, 2017 with the establishment of a Producer Registry. Under the current phase of implementation a toll-free hotline with information for accessing pharmaceutical drug collection sites has been established for Cook County residents with pre-recorded messages in seven different languages (English, Spanish, Polish, Russian, Arabic, Chinese and Korean) along with program information displayed on our webpage in the seven languages. For the multi-language text, please see our information panels above. To learn more from our toll-free hotline, please call 1-84-GOT USED RX? (1-844-688-7379).
In the coming weeks, we will be expanding our Consumer Information and Education about the Need to Properly Dispose of Unwanted or Expired Prescription Drugs.
According to the United States Drug Enforcement Agency (“DEA”), most abused prescription drugs come from family and friends. The DEA has described unused or expired prescription medication as a “public safety” issue, leading to accidental poisoning, overdose and abuse.
- Pharmaceutical drugs can be just as dangerous as street drugs when taken without a prescription or a doctor’s supervision.
- The majority of teenagers abusing prescription drugs get them from family and friends—and the home medicine cabinet.
- Unused prescription drugs thrown into the trash can be retrieved and abused or illegally sold.
- Just as troubling, every day prescription drugs are dumped down drains, toilets, and in garbage.
Proper disposal of unused drugs saves lives and protects the environment.
In 2012, the Cook County Sheriff’s Office began its collaboration with the DEA. Sheriff Dart directed his office to have permanent collection boxes to be installed at each of the circuit court houses as well as the County Building to permit local residents to properly anonymously dispose of their prescriptions at each location while ensuring proper control of these drugs.
The Sheriff’s Prescription Drug Take Back Program also began assisting location towns and villages as well as Chicago wards by sponsoring Pharmaceutical Take-Back events. Today, the Sheriff’s Prescription Drug Take Back Program also partners with the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, which underwrites purchase of collection boxes for local jurisdictions and disposal of collected drugs, and provides collection sites at its main office and three of its water treatment plants.
Bring your outdated prescription drugs to designated Sheriff’s Prescription Drug Take Back Collection Boxes at local police departments/public safety buildings, district court houses, the County Building or MWRD locations.
Look at the map on this website to find a location near you or email us at Sheriff.Recycling@cookcountyil.gov or call us at 773.843.5335
You can find additional disposal locations in Cook County at https://cookcountymeds.org/
|Jurisdiction||Address||City||Zip Code||Phone Number||Service Area|
|2nd Municipal Court House-Skokie||5600 Old Orchard Road||Skokie||60077||773-843-5335||North Suburbs|
|3rd Municipal Court House-Rolling Meadows||2121 Euclid Avenue||Rolling Meadows||60008||773-843-5335||Northwest Suburbs|
|4th Municipal Court House-Maywood||1500 Maybrook Drive||Maywood||60153||773-843-5335||Near West|
|5th Municipal Court House-Bridgeview||10020 S. 76th Ave||Bridgeview||60455||773-843-5335||Southwest Suburbs|
|6th Municipal Court House-Markham||16500 S. Kedzie Ave||Markham||60428||773-843-5335||South Suburbs|
|Alsip||4500 W. 123rd St.||Alsip||60803||708-385-6903||Southwest Suburbs|
|Bedford Park||6701 S. Archer Av.||Bedford Park||60501||708-458-3388||Southwest Suburbs|
|Brookfield||8820 Brookfield Ave||Brookfield||60513||708-485-8131||West Suburbs|
|Calumet City||1200 Pulaski Rd||Calumet City||60409||708-868-2500||South Suburbs|
|Cicero||4932 W. 25th Pl||Cicero||60804||708-652-2131||West Suburbs|
|Cook County Building||118 N. Clark||Chicago||60602||773-843-5335||Central Downtown|
|Countryside||5550 East Avenue||Countryside||60525||708-352-2171||West Suburbs|
|Crestwood||13849 S. Cicero Ave.||Crestwood||60445||708-371-4800||South|
|Crete||1370 Benton Street||Crete||60417||708-672-0912||South Suburbs|
|Criminal Court Administration Building||2600 S. California||Chicago||60608||773-843-5335||Near West|
|Des Plaines||1420 E. Miner St||Des Plaines||60016||847-391-5400||Northwest Suburbs|
|Dolton||14030 Park Ave||60419||708-841-2533||South Suburbs|
|East Hazel Crest||17223 S. Throop St||East Hazel Crest||60827||708-798-2186||South Suburbs|
|Flossmoor||2800 Flossmoor Rd.||Flossmoor||60422||708-957-4500||South Suburbs|
|Ford Heights||1343 Ellis Ave||Ford Heights||60411||708-758-1843||South Suburbs|
|Forest Park||517 DesPlaines Ave||Forest Park||60130||708-366-2425||West Suburbs|
|Frankfort||20602 Lincoln Way Lane||Frankfort||60423||815-469-9435||South Suburbs|
|Franklin Park||9545 W. Belmont Rd.||Franklin Park||60131||847-671-8200||West Suburbs|
|Glencoe||325 Hazel Ave.||Glencoe||60022||847-835-4112||North Suburbs|
|Glenwood||One South Asselborn||Glenwood||60425||708-753-2420||South Suburbs|
|Harwood Heights||7300 W. Wilson||Harwood Heights||60706||708-867-4343||Northwest Suburbs|
|Hazel Crest||3000 W. 170th Pl||Hazel Crest||60429||708-335-9640||South Suburbs|
|Hodgkins||6015 Lenzi Ave||Hodgkins||60525||708-352-4623||West Suburbs|
|Hometown||4331 Southwest Hwy||Hometown||60456||708-422-2188||Southwest Suburbs|
|Matteson||20500 S. Cicero Ave||Matteson||60443||708-748-1564||South Suburbs|
|McCook||5000 Glencoe||McCook||60525||708-447-1234||West Suburbs|
|Niles||7000 W. Touhy||Niles||60714||847-647-0400||Northwest Suburbs|
|Norridge||4020 N. Olcott Ave||Norridge||60634||708-453-4770||Northwest Suburbs|
|Northlake||55 E. North Ave||Northlake||60164||708-344-2128||Near West|
|Oak Lawn||9446 S. Raymond Ave||Oak Lawn||60453||708-422-8292||Southwest Suburbs|
|Olympia Fields||20701 Governors Hwy||Olympia Fields||60461||708-503-8100||South Suburbs|
|Palos Heights||7607 College Dr||Palos Heights||60463||708-448-5060||Southwest Suburbs|
|Park Forest||200 Lakewood Blvd.||Park Forest||60466||708-748-4700||South Suburbs|
|Phoenix||629 E. 151 St||Phoenix||60465||708-331-2192||South Suburbs|
|River Forest||400 Park Ave||River Forest||60305||708-366-7125||Near West|
|River Grove||2621 Thatcher||River Grove||60171||708-453-2121||West Suburbs|
|Rolling Meadows||3600 Kirchoff Rd||Rolling Meadows||60008||847-255-2416||Northwest Suburbs|
|Schiller Park||9526 W. Irving Park Rd||Schiller Park||60176||847-678-4794||Northwest Suburbs|
|South Chicago Heights||2729 Jackson Ave. PO770||South Chicago Heights||60412||708-754-7131||South Suburbs|
|Steger||35 W. 34th St||Steger||60475||708-755-0220||South Suburbs|
|Stone Park||1629 N. Mannheim Rd||Stone Park||60165||708-344-2134||West Suburbs|
|Summit||5810 S. Archer Rd||Summit||60501||708-458-1313||South Suburbs|
|Thornton||700 Park Ave||Thornton||60476||708-877-4440||South Suburbs|
|University Park||650 Burnham Dr||University Park||60466||708-534-0913||South Suburbs|
|Willow Springs||8255 S. Willow Springs Rd||Willow Springs||60480||708-839-2731||West Suburbs|
|Woodridge||1 Plaza Dr. Woodridge||Woodridge||60517||630-719-4740||West Suburbs|
Attention Pharmaceutical Manufacturers
Subject to the Cook County Safe Disposal of Pharmaceuticals Ordinance (Sec. 46-102-Sec. 46-109)
- Producer Registration opens on January 23, 2017.
- Producers will only be required to register via Internet or email.
- Our email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
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